RICHFIELD -- The Layton Christian Academy boys basketball team finished the season on a winning streak, claiming a hard-fought 64-58 victory over Bryce Valley on Saturday evening in the state 1-A title game at the Sevier Valley Center.
Bobby Porter's Eagles led the entire contest, and showed enough composure in the crucial moments of the championship battle to earn the title.
"It's a true blessing to first of all have good players, but then have players who are willing to sacrifice to be a team," Porter said after the game. "Their families have been great. The community has been wonderful. It felt great to represent the Northern Utah schools."
Remington Rawlings ripped the Sevier Valley Center nets for 28 points in the title game, punctuating the contest with a breakaway layup in the final seconds.
Moments later, the Eagles fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory.
"No one pulled out when we were 2-8 earlier in the season," Porter said. "Theis group got better with every game this week. If we played tomorrow, they'd get better."
LCA led 34-28 at halftime against a speedy Bryce Valley team that had won 22 games in the season. Rawlings scored 11 points in the third period and Scifon Shayaka and Quincy Mason stifled the inside attack of Bryce Valley as the Eagles built a 51-39 lead going into the final period.
Down 17 points at one point, Bryce Valley made its presence known with an opportunistic offense and a series of fast-break layups.
"They were ranked No. 1 in the state all year, so we knew they would make that run," Porter said. "But we got some key rebounds and blocks by Mason and and Shayaka. Rawlings made three big baskets and we preserved the win."
The Mustangs would cut the lead to three points before Rawlings, Duce Namazi, Michal Jackson and Victor Flores dribbled out the final minutes.
Flores, Rawlings and Shayaka made six late free throws to preserve the title for the Eagles (14-9). Mason had 12 points.
"This group had a tremendous upside," Porter added. Layton Christian captured the state 1-A championship in 2007.
Braxton Syrett scored 21 points for Bryce Valley.
* LONE PEAK 68, BRIGHTON 38: At West Valley City's Maverik Center, the Knights blew out the Bengals with a phenomenal first half to repeat as state 5-A champions.
Lone Peak canned 14 3-pointers behind T.J. Haws, who scored 24 points.
Nick Emery scored 16, and Talon Shumway added 13 points for Lone Peak, which also won the 5-A football title.
* OREM 58, OLYMPUS 50: At West Valley City, Orem built a second-half lead against the Titans, then held on for its first boys basketball title in the school's 56-year history.
Dalton Nixon scored a game-high 18 points with junior forward Jordan Darger adding 14 for the Tigers. Will Cannon scored 13 to lead Olympus, which hadn't won a boys hoops title in 59 seasons.